A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.
My fair entry is finally done. The category is called “new quilts from old”. This category could be old blocks never finished or old quilts remade.
This is the left side. Why the missing corners? Well it’s made to fit an antique four post bed. (or one similar) When the quilt is on the bed, the quilt lays flat beside the posts.
Because of all the dense quilting the quilt shrank 4 inches in length and 3 inches in width. I’m not real happy about that but I can fix it later by adding a border.
I did stitch in the ditch around the characters to stabilize the whole thing before starting the actual quilting designs. This wasn’t easy because of the knots of thread. I had to be careful my hopping foot didn’t go onto one of them.
It will soften quite a bit when washed… or at least I hope it will. I didn’t want to take a chance that anything would happen by washing it before the fair. I’ll wash it after it comes back home. I’ve done last minute quilts for the fair before but none this intense.
I’ve been asked if I did the blocks? I honestly don’t remember. Sometimes I believe I remember doing them and other times I think someone gave them to me. I did do several candlewick quilts back in the 60s or 70s but I’m not sure if I did these particular blocks. Over the years I’ve gotten many unfinished quilts or blocks donated to me. I didn’t write notes about donations when I got them. Many donated blocks were very similar to blocks I’d made which makes it very hard to remember exactly what I did and what I didn’t.
I do hope it wins a ribbon but ribbons aren’t as important to me these days. When I was hoping to keep customers coming to my door the ribbons were important. Now that I’m semi-retired I don’t need that recognition anymore. I’ll be happy knowing others see this quilt finished. Hmm…. It’s like saying “look at what I did” and being happy with that. Done is good.
My house really, really needs cleaning. If my house isn’t clean I can’t seem to get anything done. Especially quilting work. I know. This is strange thinking coming from a
hoarder collector. So the next few days are going to be quite busy for me. Some serious housework is scheduled. No better time than right now to start the cleaning.